On 30 January, all three Olympic Villages opened for the first time.
The Olympic Village in the Coastal Cluster will be home to 2,000 athletes and delegates during the Games. The Mountain Olympic Village, the largest of the three villages, will accommodate nearly 3,000 people whilst the Endurance Village will be home to more than 1,000 people.
A concert by Russian group Siberiahills, led by Natalia Simakova took place to mark the official opening of the Olympic Village in the Coastal Cluster. Mayors and vice-mayors of all Olympic Villages Elena Isinbaeva, Svetlana Zhurova, Aleksey Nemov, Maksim Chudov and President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko welcomed athletes and guests.
The philosophy and design of each village is unique and is different in style and colour. Each village has been designed to look completely different and will be decorated with souvenirs and crafts, icons, and architectural art objects that will become part of the rich legacy of the Games in Sochi. The streets in the Olympic villages will bear the names of famous Olympic and Paralympic champions of Russia and the USSR.
There is something for everyone in each village from celebrations to performances to concerts and master classes, all demonstrating Russian hospitality.
Residents all the Olympic Village will have access to a canteen, a clinic, fitness center, multi-religious center, library, bank, cafes, a club and shops and all located within walking distance from the residential area. Transport connections will be available within the village and from the village to the competition venues, 24 hours a day.
Each village at the Games in Sochi is unique, but they are closely related to each other within a single concept.
Usadba Coastal Village
The Coastal Village consists of 47 buildings and covers an area of 72 hectares on the shores of the Black Sea in Imeretinskaya Valley.
During the Olympic Winter Games, athletes competing in the following sports will be residing at the Usadba Coastal Village: ice hockey, curling, figure skating, speed skating and short track.
The Coastal Olympic village is a place where generations of tradition meet with the best technologies of the modern world. Here, the past and present are intertwined.
The Games organizers decided to show the path from the renaissance of Russia to the palace era and to the present day. The concept of the Coastal Village reflects what Russia can rightly be proud of: classic arts (music, ballet), literature, art, science and space. In turn, all the achievements are presented through the prism of modern technology.
The Mountain Olympic village is ready to receive almost 3,000 athletes and delegation members.
During the Olympic Winter Games, athletes will be staying here who perform in the following sports: skiing, bobsleigh, freestyle skiing, luge, Nordic combined, skeleton, ski jumping and snowboarding.
In the Mountain Village is the International Zone, where athletes will be able to meet with the media, dignitaries and visitors. Transport connections will be available within the village and from the village to the competition venues, 24 hours a day. In addition, athletes and delegation members will be able to take advantage of two Rosa Khutor cable car stations, which is located within walking distance of the Mountain Village.
The largest of the three villages gives guests a taste of Russian hospitality. Here, crafts, handicrafts, national amusements and legends are passed from hand to hand and mouth to mouth. Tradition includes food, games, entertainment, sayings, beliefs, arts and crafts .
Sloboda Endurance Village
The Endurance Olympic Village is situated within easy reach (500-800 meters) of the cross-country ski and biathlon center which will mean that those competing in these events will be staying at accommodation located at the same height as the venues. The Endurance Village has accommodation for 1,100 athletes participating in sports such as cross-country skiing and biathlon, as well as delegation members.
Located in the unique beauty of mountainous terrain, Endurance Village is reminiscent of Russian folk tales. Famous fairy-tale characters, such as Baba Yaga, Firebird, Ilya Muromets, Sadko, Ivan the Fool and the Gray Wolf, can reveal a lot about Russia culture, particularly the character of Russian people, their humor, morals and values.
Every village has an Olympic mascot as its host, The Polar Bear is the host of the Coastal Village, the Leopard is the host of the Mountain Village and the Hare is the kind, cheerful hostess of the Endurance Village.
The hosts are very close to the style of their villages. Hare loves fairy tales, Leopard appreciates Russian tradition, and Polar Bear is interested in history and modern technology.
From the 4- 6 February organized press tours will visit all three Olympic Villages. Accreditation for the press tours takes place via the Help desk at the Main Media Center from January 7, 2014 and the Help desk of the Gorki Media Center from January 24, 2014. Spaces are limited Help desk telephone no.: +7 (862) 445 18 14